DVD Ripper Software Review
DVD Ripper Software Review
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The top performers in our review are Aimersoft DVD Ripper, the Gold Award winner; WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, the Silver Award winner; and Open DVD Ripper, the Bronze Award winner. Here's more on choosing software to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of these 11 applications.
You’ve spent a lot of money on your DVD library. However, these days there are so many more ways to watch movies, TV shows and other video programs that don’t involve putting a physical disc in a tray. For example, you can’t connect your smartphone to a DVD player, and you can’t stick a plastic disc into your tablet. Furthermore, computer manufacturers like Apple are starting to eliminate optical drives altogether. So, you can rebuy all the media you paid for on DVD, or you can rip it into a digital format and bring it with you into the future. This task is accomplished by DVD ripper software.
DVD ripper software takes the videos and other media found on your discs and converts them into a format that can be played without a DVD player. The best DVD rippers have a large library of output profiles that tailor files for playback on specific devices such as smartphones, tablets, gaming systems and more. They also allow you to customize your rips by including basic video editors that let you trim footage, crop video and adjust picture values such as brightness, contrast and saturation.
DVD Ripper Software: What to Look For
The best DVD rippers have a wide array of features and tools that allow you to rip, convert, edit and more. Below are the criteria by which we rated and ranked these applications.
The current crop of DVD rippers make it extremely easy to convert a DVD for specific file types and devices. They do this by including the aforementioned library of output profiles. All you need to do is load your disc into the application; select the file format, device or service from the library; and start the rip. This category evaluates the breadth and versatility of the conversion choices offered by each application.
There’s more to DVD rippers than simply converting a DVD to an MP4 or an AVI. The best programs should perform conversions quickly, and the converted files should be high quality and a manageable size. The applications’ interfaces should be intuitive and allow you to start a rip in three steps or less. Furthermore, the best rippers should be able to extract audio clips from discs, capture subtitles and more. This category assesses these features and tools and how well they work.
Even the most exhaustive library of preprogrammed output profiles can’t cover the infinite ways that you can customize a video. The best DVD ripping programs allow you to adjust technical aspects of videos, such as codecs, aspect ratios, bit rates, frame rates and more, before you rip them. Most of the products we reviewed include a basic video editor you can use to trim away unwanted footage, crop video, add watermarks and edit subtitles. This category shows you which applications have which tools.
Help & Support
No matter how easy an application is to use, occasionally you may need support. Manufacturers that provide excellent customer service make the best DVD rippers. This service comes in the form of tutorials, FAQs and knowledgebases on their websites. If you can’t get an answer in those ways, manufacturers should offer email or live chat support.
Our Verdict & Recommendations
We rated and ranked the best DVD rippers on the market. At the end of our analysis, the following products claimed the top spots on our side-by-side comparison chart.
Aimersoft DVD Ripper – This software rips your DVDs quickly and easily and provides manageable file sizes. It has a library of more than 100 preprogrammed optimization profiles for smartphones and tablets. You also get several customization profiles for gaming systems and sharing sites like YouTube and Facebook. It has nearly every customization tool we look for, and Aimersoft has a wealth of support options if you ever have a problem with the software.
WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro – This application is another great choice. It has a sleek, simple interface; more than 250 output profiles; and quick conversion times, and it produces high-quality results. It also has great customization tools, including those that trim away unwanted footage, crop the picture frame and add fun filters. It’s one of the few products on our side-by-side comparison chart that can convert DVD movies from a disc’s ISO file or Video_TS folder.
Open DVD Ripper – This software offers 13 file formats for you to convert your DVD movies to – the most of the award-winning products on our side-by-side comparison chart. It makes quick work of ripping your movies and produces high-quality conversions. It’s missing some minor tools, such as one to rip a disc’s ISO file or Video_TS folder, and you cannot adjust the quality of a converted video. Otherwise, it has a customization toolset that allows you to trim, crop and adjust your movies to watch on nearly any device you own.
At the end of the day, DVD rippers are applications that set your movies free from their discs and allow you to have digital copies of the content that you’ve paid for. The best programs not only convert your DVD movies, but also optimize them for playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and gaming systems. They also let you to customize your conversions with tools that trim, crop and adjust your videos. Check out our informative articles about DVD ripper software to help you make a more informed decision.